Sunday, February 4, 2024

Christmas Holly Stitch-a-Long, part 11

Hi everyone! Last time I had managed to get a lot of stitching done over the 6 weeks between check-ins. I always stitch more in winter because I tend to be home more. 

Here's where I was last time: 

Well, we had planned to be away for a long weekend ... but the blizzard warning and very cold temperatures (4 degrees Fahrenheit, -15 degrees Celsius) meant that we stayed home and indoors. So it's time for a happy dance!

I plan to edge this with some gold ribbon and surround that with black velvet and make a cover for my other pillows. I started doing this for my friend Rebecca several years back -- making her Christmas covers for her existing cushions so she didn't have to store whole pillows. I have some other sewing projects coming up and, well, I don't have a permanent place for my sewing machine so I'll wait and bundle it with those. 

So what's next? While we were on a trip to the eastern part of Washington last year, we stopped into a big thrift store and I found a TREASURE TROVE of vintage kits. I managed not to buy them all, but I did buy more than any sane person would. (FIVE of them. FIVE!) Long-time readers of the blog will be familiar with some of the other felt-and-sequin banner kits I completed; this is my next one:

I don't know that I'll spend the whole year working on Christmas things, but I do enjoy them and think they're fun to display. So we'll see. 

The other stitchers in this stitch-a-long are always working on amazingly beautiful and diverse projects: Avis, Claire, Gun, Christina, KathyMargaret, Heidi, JackieMegan, Deborah, Sharon, Daisy, Cathie, LindaHelenMary Margaret, and Cindy.


  1. I love using my cross-stitch as seasonal pillow covers. It is so much easier than storing lots of pillows. I like the gold trim and black velvet idea. Those holly leaves are so pretty. Enjoy stitching the felt banner. I don't think 5 kits is too many to purchase. LOL

  2. Seasonal pillow covers are wonderful things! I am working on some snowmen covers that will have paisley on the back, just so that I can turn them over in March!

  3. Wow! Those berries really pop :-) It's lovely! Enjoy your well deserved Happy Dance. The new project looks like it'll be a lot of fun to sew too.

  4. Congratulations on a beautiful finish. Great idea to make seasonal cushion covers.

  5. Happy dancing along with you on this fabulous finish. It is a stunning piece and will be a gorgeous pillow cover. Loving the new project too ~ great thrifting find!

  6. Congratulations on your beautiful finish. I love the idea of christmas pillow covers, so much easier for storage. Your new project looks so cute. x